SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Several leading North American hop experts will share their research and expertise with growers and brewers at the eleventh annual Hop Conference, Feb. 28 in South Burlington, Vermont.
Registrations will be accepted through Feb. 21 for the conference, which will be held at the Delta Hotels Burlington (1117 Williston Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee, which includes lunch, is $65 per person for Northeast Hops Alliance members and $75 for non-members.
Anyone unable to attend in person may register to view a live broadcast of the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension-sponsored event. The fee is $35.
To register, visit go.uvm.edu/2020hopconference. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, or (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont) by Feb. 7.
Dr. Tom Shellhammer, an internationally recognized hops chemistry expert and Nor’Wester Endowed Professor of Fermentation Science at Oregon State University, will discuss his lab’s hop research on beer flavor, foam and physical and flavor stability. He also will talk about hop quality, including oil content versus composition, hop terroir, dry-hopping and hop creep.
Evan Elford, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will describe current research on hop fertility and disease management programs in Ontario. Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University, will provide an update on hop pest management strategies for growers.
The program also includes presentations by the UVM Extension Hops Team and Chad Meigs, owner of Bineyard Hops in Cazenovia, New York. The team will discuss their nitrogen management and harvest timing research trials. Meigs will provide an insight into the various aspects of operating a hop farm including weed management, spray programs, labor, harvesting, marketing and sales.
Dr. Roy Desrochers will join representatives from Switchback Brewing in Burlington to lead a tasting session on beer flavor reference standards for hops and hop flavor in beer. Desrochers is a sensory practice leader with UVM Extension.
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